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Reference number

SM (22) 63/7/33 (23) 63/7/32

Purpose

Finished perspectives (relating to Stage IV) by George Basevi, one dated 2 March 1816 (2)

Aspect

22 Perspective from the north-west, set among (imaginary) trees with the tower of St Pancras church in the background; the design relating to that shown in drawing 20. A quotation from Virgil is pencilled on to the west-facing tablet 23 Perspective from the north-east with the boundary wall of St Pancras burial ground, and the chapel of the parish workhouse seen in the background.

Signed and dated

(23) March 2nd 1816

Medium and dimensions

22-23 Pen, raw umber, sepia, green and blue washes, watercolour technique with black wash border on wove paper (611 x 743, 617 x 738)

Hand

22-23 George Basevi (1794-1845, pupil 1810-16)

Watermark

(22) [T]urkey Mill Kent (23) James Whatman

Notes

The office Day Book has the following entries: 27 February to 1 March 1816 'Drawing view of Monument' signed Basevi; 2 March 'Finishing drawing of Monument and making two slight sketches for another drawing' signed Basevi.

Both drawings still show the gateway and relate to the design shown in Gandy's perspective (drawing 20).

Level

Drawing

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